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Carolina Community Network

Project Description

The mission of the Carolina Community Network (CCN) is to reduce prostate, breast, and colorectal cancer disparities among adult African Americans living in North Carolina by leveraging longstanding university-community relationships and the community-based participatory research expertise at the University of North Carolina1. The Network will: (1) educate both researchers and community members about cancer health disparities and methods of ameliorating them; (2) train a cadre of academic and community researchers to implement and disseminate best cancer prevention and intervention practices; (3) conduct community-based participatory research; (4) change treatment and care-seeking patterns among community residents; and (5) identify areas for development or modification of cancer prevention and treatment policies.

The CCN will develop a pipeline of cancer education and cancer research projects that will be tailored and piloted in both secular and faith-based community settings. The CCN's long-term goals are to: (1) improve utilization of beneficial cancer interventions; (2) increase the number of minorities in clinical trials and other forms of research; (3) strengthen the community's knowledge of cancer disparities and treatment; and (4) influence cancer prevention and control policies.

  1. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a research university with a faculty actively involved in research, scholarship, and creative work whose teaching is transformed by discovery and whose service is informed by current knowledge. The University exists to teach students at all levels in an environment of research, free inquiry, and personal responsibility; to expand the body of knowledge; to improve the condition of human life through service and publication; and to enrich our culture.
Updated: 07/23/09